Hello, my dumplings! Do I need to remind you what day Wednesday
is?? Or would you very much prefer that I didn't? I know it's the
high holiday of romance, and all, but it's a funny day, Valentine's
Day is. Often literally funny, I realized, as I reflected
upon the diversity of Valentine's Day gifts I've received over the
years, among them a fistful of lilies with dirt and roots still
attached (obviously purloined by my desperate beau from
someone's front yard on the way over to my house); homemade coupons
for "naughty" activities (what is it with men and
the homemade naughty coupons??), and a book about industrial pollution
from a politically earnest suitor. Ah, romance. Anyhow, if you don't
have a particular Valentine this year, consider me yours.
Because, frankly, this year, I'd kind of like to have LOTS of Valentines.
We can all be each other's Valentines!! And If that sounds
like a good idea to you, you can read more about the perks that
come with the position in my contest section.
What else is going on with me? Well, 2007 got off to a rather sweet
start starting with the news of a a Romantic Times Reviewer's
Choice Award nomination for BATS!
Yay! I was thrilled. And in addition to diligently
working on my first book for Avon, I distracted (that's a better
word than "procrastinated," don't you think?) myself by
line of t-shirts inspired both by the Holt Sisters trilogy
your emails about my various heroesbecause I swear
if was keeping score, I think my heroes would be neck and neck in
terms of fan club members. :) So the images shown here are of the
"Julie's Heroes" t-shirt, but there's also a "Free
Thaddeus Morley" shirt, because he seems to have his
own fan club, too. :) You can visit
the store to see the shirts for WAYS TO BE WICKED and THE
SECRET TO SEDUCTION, too (featuring coy little questions in a provocative
A few of my regular bloggers have already won JAL t-shirts, and
all the grooviest romance readers are wearing them. (Actually,
I have no idea whether this is true, but it strikes me as a good
rumor to start.) And I'll send a signed book to anyone who sends
me a photo of themselves wearing one between now and May 1. :)
All proceeds from t-shirt sales (about a buck a shirt) through May
1st go to the Humane Society of
the United States in honor of our furry Valentines.
Anyway, kittens, scroll down for more news, including an update
SECRET TO SEDUCTION, our final Holt sister story. Here's
hoping this February finds you and yours in fine, frisky fettle,
and here's a big Valentine's day hugOfrom me
to help keep you warm. As always, feel free to pass this newsletter
on to anyone you think might enjoy it, and take good care for now,
THE SECRET TO
SEDUCTION: Want to get to know Rhys and Sabrina (our last
Holt Sister) just a little bit before THE
SECRET TO SEDUCTION hits the shelves? There's a steamy
up on my website now.
And speaking of TSTS: it's preordering
at both Amazon and
Barnes & Noble. HURRY and order yours!!!! THEY MIGHT
RUN OUT!!!! (OK, well...that's probably not true. But didn't you
feel just a little jolt of adrenaline there? Don't you feel just
a bit more alive? You're welcome.)
As a reminder: The books in the Holt sisters trilogy are
AND THE SPY (March 06, out now), which is Susannah and
Kit's story; WAYS
TO BE WICKED (out now, the story of Sylvie and Tom!) and
SECRET TO SEDUCTION (out in May of 2007, it's Sabrina
and Rhys's story and wraps up the trilogy, bringing back familiar
characters and circumstances and solving our mystery!). I think
it'll help to read BATS again before you get into THE
SECRET TO SEDUCTION. Just a hint. :)
I know I mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating, don't
you think? BEAUTY
AND THE SPY was nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice
AND THE SPY and WAYS
TO BE WICKED will be published in Russian!! I think all
this news this calls for a toast, don't you? Now, where
did I put that vodka...?
NEW CONTEST: Be
Julie's Valentine!...What's better than having one great
Valentine?? Having THOUSANDS of 'em. So let's be each other's
Valentines this year, what do you say?? I promise it's less
complicated than it sounds. :) Just enter to win a beautiful
pair of handcrafted pearl and garnet earrings, a "Julie's Heroes"
t-shirt, and a signed copy of BATS! Go to my contest
page to find out how.
i n n e r s: Joanna
L . of Kirkaldy, Scotland won
the Happy New Year Hoop-la conteststerling silver hoops and
12 sets of birthstones, and signed copy of BATS and The Raven Prince.
Huzzah, Joanna! She's our first Scottish winner!
Magical Mystery Tour~
In the Secret
to Seduction (coming in May, kids!), Sabrina Fairleigh was
raised by Vicar Fairleigh in the tiny town of Tinbury, Derbyshire,
and she's stunned by her first look at the Earl of Rawden's glorious,
intimidating home, La Montagne, as she grew up quite poor. Poverty
was in fact, often the besetting curse of vicars of the Church of
England, because even though a "living" (roughly defined as the income
or revenue) of a parish could be quite lucrativebefore
1840, a living consisted of all or part of the local tithes (mandatory
payments made by parishioners to the church), and tithes amounted
to one-tenth of the farm produce in a given areavicars were
in fact merely appointed representatives of rectors, who were
the real owners of the living. For example, in many instances, a monastic
order would have owned a particular living for centuries, thus becoming
for all intents and purposes the "rector" and entitled to all of the
living's "great tithes" of corn, wood and hay. The vicar (the same
root as "vicarious," you'll note), as the rector's appointed representative,
received only "small tithes." Thus, Sabrina became an expert at being
Some livings, however, were in the control of private parties, and
these were highly coveted, as it could be quite a cushy gig, requiring
only one sermon a week from the holder of the living. In TSTS, Rhys
Gillray, the Earl of Rawden, owns such a living, but you'll have to
read TSTS to learn what he does with it. :)
Take care for now, and see you next time!
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